Go Private or Go Home

From a friend….
A very interesting article recently appeared in the Economist.  It reports on the huge growth of independent schools in poor countries, and the poor state of government schooling there.  This includes the problem of teachers unions, corrupt bureaucracy, etc.
Read it here.

Of course public education is problematic in wealthy countries too,  and many of the critiques are valid here as well.

My favourite quote is at the end of the article and is a good message for Queen’s Park:
“The growth of private schools is a manifestation of the healthiest of instincts: parents’ desire to do the best for their children. Governments that are too disorganised or corrupt to foster this trend should get out of the way.”

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